“I will strengthen thee.”—Isaiah 41:10.
OD has a strong reserve with which to discharge this engagement; for He is able to do all things. Believer, till thou canst drain dry the ocean of omnipotence, till thou canst break into pieces the towering mountains of almighty strength, thou never needest to fear. Think not that the strength of man shall ever be able to overcome the power of God. Whilst the earth’s huge pillars stand, thou hast enough reason to abide firm in thy faith. The same God who directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the sun, and trims the lamps of heaven, has promised to supply thee with daily strength. While He is able to uphold the universe, dream not that He will prove unable to fulfill His own promises. Remember what He did in the days of old, in the former generations. Remember how He spake and it was done; how He commanded, and it stood fast. Shall He that created the world grow weary? He hangeth the world upon nothing; shall He who doth this be unable to support His children? Shall He be unfaithful to His word for want of power? Who is it that restrains the tempest? Doth not He ride upon the wings of the wind, and make the clouds His chariots, and hold the ocean in the hollow of His hand? How can He fail thee? When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, wilt thou for a moment indulge the thought that He has out-promised Himself, and gone beyond His power to fulfill? Ah, no! Thou canst doubt no longer.
O thou who art my God and my strength, I can believe that this promise shall be fulfilled, for the boundless reservoir of Thy grace can never be exhausted, and the overflowing storehouse of Thy strength can never be emptied by Thy friends or rifled by Thine enemies.
“Now let the feeble all be strong,
And make Jehovah’s arm their song.”C. H. Spurgeon
Introducing Jesus. Yeah!
In the Fantastic Four storyline, the character called The Human Torch has the ability to burn like fire, emitting heat and light. When he is ready to use his superhuman ability, he says in a loud voice “Flame On.”
Well, our Savior is the Light, the true light of the world. His Light banishes the darkness. It simply has to flee, because the Savior’s light glows with a brilliance; a power that conquer death, disease, pain, fear, and suffering. It counteracts the ravages of sin. And get this, His light, which he gives us, provides you and I the opportunity to be Light carriers, just like him.
But only if we say yes to him, then we get to “Flame On” and show our light (this amazing gift) to the world, which desperately need to see the Savior’s light. [And we need to shine our lights today. There is a war going on within the hearts and souls of man. The darkness is trying to take us out. That’s why we need to show the light of Christ. The world needs to know Jesus is who is said he is. The world needs to know Christ loves them, and that eternal and abundant life awaits them, if they allow him to “Flame On“. ]
Adapted from June 18, 2015 post on the A More Excellent Way Ministries Worldwide, Inc. Facebook page. Introducing Jesus Yeah! Series created by Michael A. White. Editorial content provided by Denise L. White
Ferguson, Ottawa, Marysville….days of pain, grief, and sorrow. In the midst of the horror, there is a mother out there crying for the loss of a child. The truth is we need the light and love of Christ to help us in this dark days. We need to rally around the truth that love never fails.
“For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”—2 John 2.
NCE let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house—this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrap up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth.
Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Savior in our arms.
Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in Him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.” C. H. Spurgeon
Spread the truth of the love of Christ. Repel the darkness. Pray for those mothers whose arms are empty, whose tears are flowing and hearts are broken. Embrace love and light of God and move back the darkness.
Looking for Greater is the theme for our organization’s annual convention and for our church. Facing obstacles and challenges amid everyday life and major assignment there is need for hope. Psalm 33:4 states, “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteous. Our greater is wrapped in the truth of God’s word and work. Our obstacles and challenges can withstand the power and majesty of God. The word of the Lord carries truth, power, security, love, and his promises. Whatever you are facing, hold on to the word of the Lord.
Moses sent 12 spies to explore and report back on conditions in Canaan. This hand-picked group spent 40 days exploring the land. When they returned they reported it was indeed a land flowing with milk and honey. The physical evidence of large clusters of grapes, so heavy it took two men to carry a single branch was proof positive of God’s provision. What Moses told them was true. The promised land was a reality. Their sojourn in Egypt was over and now they could experience the promise. But there was one problem. There were giants in the Land. And not only giants, but fortified cities and enemies all around. Eight spies sounded the alarm, and spread the report that “we can’t go up against them, they are stronger that we are.” Only two men stood up and said, “Let’s go at once to take the land.”
There are always giants in the land. Giant problems, circumstances, challenges, and situations. The stock market is down, unemployment is up; wars and rumors of wars, party unrest, political leaders disgraced, scandals, businesses close, discrimination, infighting, sibling rivalry, loss of life…there are giants in the land.
The two men who stood with Moses and said “Let’s go at once to take the land” had witnessed God’s power and presence during the Exodus. Convinced of God’s word, Caleb and Joshua told Israel let’s go immediately and get our inheritance. They had physical evidence of the fulfilled promise. If God promised it, He would provide it despite “the giants.” Every battle appears to be stronger than we are. But that is not what God told us to do. He told us to go and take the land. He said I will be with you always even to the end of the world. If God is for us, who can be against us? I think the answer to that question is, no one and nothing. In Joshua 1: 6-9; God instructed Joshua, as he assumed the mantle of leadership, to “be strong and courageous.” As servant leaders, we are to take God’s power with us into the land of the giants; into those strongholds and get our inheritance. The promises are true, and there is nothing stopping us from having all that God wants for us. There are no giants in the land bigger than our God.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-7 KJV
The hand of God is mighty and full of mercy and compassion. It is the hand that delivered the children of Israel from 400 years of oppression, and demonstrated patience and mercy despite their disobedience and rebellious nature. God’s hand offers deliverance (2 King 17:38) and justice. It set us free from the enemy, and makes a place for his children at the banquet table.
The hand of God is filled with love and healing. God wrapped Jesus in love and sent him to lost humanity, so life could be restored. Talk with the Jairus’ parents, the Centurion, the blind man, the leper, the cripple, or demon possessed man about his hand. Mary Magdalene, Lazarus or the widow whose son was raised from the dead know about his hand.
His hand is amazing grace, favor, and provision. Those hands fed thousands, and sustains the universe with precision, purpose and power.
In his hand is strength, joy and a peace that passes all understanding. It lifts you up out of the miry clay and sets your feet on solid ground. Just a simple touch can wipe away tears, and give comfort to the weary soul. The Hand of God removes the stain of sin, restores the broken-hearted and lights the way to everlasting joy.
The Hand of God fights our battles, and shelters us in the midst of the storm. His hand destroys enemies and raises the banner of righteousness over us.
The Hand of God is love that never, ever fails.
Have you taken noticed to the start process for each new tech gadget and app? The gadget are boxed with a nifty set of instructions. Every app has to be installed, verified, screened for authenticity. Once properly installed, we sit waiting for the gadget or app to load. The icon comes up with a message it’s loading, loading, loading. Then finally, it is ready.
We’re like those gadgets and applications. We also came with instructions, and we were installed to do the Master’s work. Since our initial installation, and upgrades we’ve been loading, loading, loading. Here’s the question of the day, are you ready to launch? Ready to be used by God? Ready to fully implement the upgraded version of you?
“God who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord who is faithful.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 The promises of God are true, and can never, ever fail. Our initial installation may have been a bit rocky. We may have been buffering, sputtering trying to get re-connected to the main power source. But despite our shaky start-up, God has been true to his word. He provided everything for our successful launch.
Stop loading and load. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 You can do it! You can be it! With each upgrade, old data must be renewed or removed to complete each assignment. Need more wisdom – God gives it liberally to the person who asks for it. We have not, because we ask not. Check the instructions. Feel uncertain – God said He would never leave nor forsake us. Check the instructions. God told Joshua to be “Be strong and very courageous“, and as He was with Moses so He would be with him. God was with Joshua, Moses, David, Ruth, Deborah, Mary, and the Apostle Paul, and He will be with you. It’s in the instructions.
Our instructions are clear and powerful. The authoritative word of God – The Bible provides all the data for correcting faulty wiring (our thinking), and repairing damage done by years of false starts. Paul wrote, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.” Our internal wiring is connected to the direct power source, and it is always on. That power, love and sound mind can defeat any giant or an army of Amalekites. God is our very present help. He is our failsafe. It’s in the instructions.
Everything needed to properly launch is available and ready for use. Everything! There is a whole world waiting for the 2013 version of you. So stop loading and LOAD.
“Behold, I make a covenant:before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord: for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.” Exodus 34:10
God told the children of Israel Behold, everyone around you, will see how great and marvelous your God is. They will know without a shadow of doubt I am God. The Great I AM is with you; his wonders to behold.
Behold says to pay attention, look up or around, pause, and stop what you are doing. Even when reading the word, it feels like an exclamation point automatically should follow it. Because something of importance is about to happen, and it is going to be spectacular. And when our God speaks, it is always breathtaking, astonishing, magnificent. So take the words spoken to the children of Israel during their journey to the promised land, and linger in the certainty of this covenant. For we have an even better covenant; one written in the incredible righteousness of Christos, Jesus Christ our redeemer. For it was/is an awesome thing God did for us through Him our precious Behold.
“God is our refuge and our strength (Psalm 46:1-3)…a very present help in the time of need.”
Yesterday, I attended a women’s conference where speaker after speaker gave powerful testimony of the truth of this familiar passage. A damaged heart healed, tumors miraculously gone, shattered lives mended. Stories of enormous physical and emotional suffering, and lost, and how God truly became their refuge and their strength. This was not fantasy. These women had a personal encounter with the living God, and their stories became ours.
God is our refuge and our strength. God’s power provides strength. His presence gives grace. We can face our todays and tomorrows, because we are sheltered from and within. Sheltered in God’s arms, we have confidence, and faith in Him who will not leave us. There is unwavering belief in a God that cannot lie. He said He will be with us until the end. We have a blessed assurance in a God that can accomplish what man cannot. Knowing and believing in who God is changes us. Our lives become a beacon; a shining lighthouse for those washed up by life’s stormy seas. And just like these women, we reflect the beauty and glory of God; a God who will never leave us, nor forsake us, even during the worst times of our lives.
As the conference ended, there was renewed hope and strength. We can tell their stories, and ours of how God rebuilds, restores, and became for each of us our refuge and our strength.